D.C. Dept. of Education “Competitive Employment Opportunity (CEO) Program)”

Washington DC

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~~“Competitive Employment Opportunities (CEO) consists of preparatory experiences designed to help students with disabilities attain their career and postsecondary training goals. The model aims to expose students to career experiences, and equip them with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in a postsecondary  environment. A paid postsecondary training program for students, CEO is comprised of 3 academies:

1.Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) Academy – 9th/10th grade students are exposed to work experiences in their field of interest. Students engage in instructional activities that provide a foundation of the skills needed to be successful in the workforce.
2.CEO Mentoring & Internship Academy – 11th/12th grade students are paired with a mentor who works in the student's career field of interest. Mentors and students work together to create a "Career-Focused Project" and students attend an 8-part professional development series from January to May. During the summer, students apply skills learned by working an 80 hour internship at their mentor's place of employment.”


  • Department of Education
  • School-to-Work Transition